The wash hand basin is, of course, an essential in any bathroom and there is certainly no shortage of design options to choose from. Here are a few to consider:
The most basic basin design incorporates a pedestal which runs from the base of the basin to the floor. This encases the pipework and creates a basin with a small footprint (useful when you are tight on space).
Wall-mounted basins create a modern look and can be great space-savers in small bathrooms. They are fixed to the wall and do not require a pedestal, resulting in a neat, minimalist basin.
Inset and Semi-Inset
Inset basins are completely set into a worktop; semi-inset basins are set into a worktop on three sides but the front of the basin is left exposed, overhanging the vanity unit underneath. These can provide a good storage solution in a small bathroom by combining the basin with drawer or cupboard shelving space below.
Often thought of as the luxurious modern choice, the washbowl will make a striking additional to your bathroom. As the name describes, this type of basin is in the shape of a bowl, unlike classic basins which often have flat edges. Washbowls sit on top of a vanity unit - they are not capable of wall-mounting.
A popular material, ceramic basins are durable, easy to clean and create a sleek look in any bathroom.
If you are looking to add a touch of luxury to your new bathroom, why not opt for a marble basin? A look often associated with spa elegance, marble is an expensive but eye-catching option.
Porcelain is commonly used for both budget and luxury basins. It is a type of ceramic, is very durable and easy to keep clean.
With so many basin designs available it can be difficult to narrow it down. Here’s some practical pointers to help you to draw up a short list.
• Consider the space available for your basin and, in particular, check the depth of the basin against the floorspace available.
• Does your basin match the rest of your bathroom style? An ultra-modern washbowl may look out-of-place in an otherwise traditional bathroom and, likewise, a traditional Victorian-style basin would confuse the look and feel of a modern suite.
• Opted for a stylish wall-mounted basin? Remember - the pipes do have to go somewhere! Your plumber will be able to advise you on how best to fit your wall-mounted basin.
• Remember that your basin choice and tap choice must be compatible - see our guide to taps for useful tips.
Inset Basin & Vanity Unit